Western Australian Maritime Museum

As soon as the tour guide ushers you inside Ovens, an Oberon-class submarine, you start to feel claustrophobic. It is impossible to imagine living for months underwater in this confined space! But your kids clamber like monkeys up the steel ladders and through the small, round hatchways. Once the tour is over, you appreciate the light, airy spaciousness of the museum building, designed to fit the high mast and winged keel of Australia II. Exhibits reveal the stories of Western Australia’s early explorers, trade routes, naval defence, and migration.

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Contact details

Victoria Quay, Fremantle; (08) 9431 8444

Closed Wed and some public holidays

Don't Miss

■ The magnificent Australia II.

■ The Indian Ocean Gallery, where you can experience the sights, sounds and scents of a recreated 15th-century Middle Eastern marketplace with stalls of brilliant fabrics, spices, grains, gold, pearls and ivory.
■ The views of a real working harbour (through the window).
■ The display of pests discovered by the Quarantine Service on ships coming to Australia.

Fabulous Facts

When the seventh and deciding race of the 25th America’s Cup began in September 1983, no country had been able to steal the winning cup from America since the prestigious race began 132 years earlier. But the Royal Perth Yacht Club’s 12-metre sloop, with its controversial winged keel, was about to sail into history. To the elation of the whole of Australia, the yacht Australia II won the race and the America’s Cup.

Insider Tips

■ It is possible to buy separate tickets for the museum and submarine tour if you don’t want to see both, which makes this a budget activity.

■ The submarine tour takes about one hour and leaves from the museum every half hour; bookings are essential during school holidays.
■ Pregnant women and children under 5 years of age are not permitted on the submarine. Children aged 5–16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
■ You need to be able to walk up and down four flights of scaffold stairs for the submarine tour. Remember to wear flat shoes. Also note that there are no toilet facilities on the submarine.
■ There is a small cafe on site.
■ The main shipwreck displays are in the Shipwreck Galleries.

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